Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

General Questions

A talk is where you present with slides and demos to an audience. A talk is 25 minutes long (We know from past conferences and virtual events that attention and audience drops the most after 25 minutes). We recommend reserving some time at the end for Q&A, e.g. 20-minute talk and 5-minute Q&A. If speakers wish to continue with the Q&A after their time slot, there will be a dedicated place for it. Feel free to recruit your colleagues to interact with people in chat while you are talking. A talk has one primary speaker, optionally another (secondary) speaker.

A talk should be bite-sized and focused on a certain topic. This means that you should not expect to be able to cover multiple broad areas in one talk. You can submit more than one proposal, to cover a set of topics, but we cannot guarantee their final scheduled order. Therefore, we recommend topics be independent so that they do not need to be presented in a specific order.

We give speakers a choice to speak in-person or virtually - live (preferred) or pre-recorded. Consider what would work best for your session goals and availability.

We plan to stream in-person talks online and screen virtual talks at the venue.

A deep dive talk is the same as talk, but this is considered as two-part session (two 25 minute time slots) where we guarantee the order in the schedule. You should consider that different audiences may join each part and tailor the content accordingly. This option is recommended for deep technical dives that include a demo.

We give speakers a choice to speak in-person or virtually - live (preferred) or pre-recorded. Consider what would work best for your session goals and availability.

We plan to stream in-person talks online and screen virtual talks at the venue.

A discussion is where you lead/moderate a conversation with a group of knowledgeable panelists who answer prepared questions or questions from the audience as selected by you for appropriateness to your topic and session goal. It is an interactive session and you’re asked to engage with the audience during the session. If you are willing to open the discussion to attendees, consider holding a fishbowl discussion where you start with a group of speakers and an empty “seat” which could be filled by active audience members in the course of a discussion.

A discussion is 50 minutes long. If speakers wish to continue after their slot, there will be a dedicated place for it. A discussion has a dedicated moderator and up to 5 active speakers.

We give speakers a choice to speak in-person or virtually. Consider what would work best for your session goals and availability. We do not accept pre-recorded discussions.

We plan to stream in-person discussions online and screen virtual discussions at the venue.

A lightning talk is a short presentation focused on getting people interested in something new. The goal of the lightning talk is to convey key information in a clear and concise manner. You can talk about things that excite you, challenges you overcome and insights to your work that you wish you knew before you started.

A lightning talk is 5 minutes long.We give speakers a choice to speak in-person or virtually (all virtual lighting talks are pre-recorded). Consider what would work best for your session goals and availability.

We plan to stream in-person lightning talks online and screen virtual lightning talks at the venue.

A workshop is a hands-on demo where you and other workshop leads interact among each other and with audience members on chat, sharing your knowledge and experience on a particular bite-sized topic. The goal of a workshop is to teach or practice a skill. You should not expect the audience following each step of the workshop live, however, they should have all necessary instructions if they wish to. As a result workshops should be actionable and goal oriented.

A workshop is 60 minutes long, although we will consider exceptions. We allow up to 3 active presenters in a workshop. You must designate one of them to be the primary session leader. We give in-person workshop leads a choice to decide whether they want to stream the content online. If yes, it is up to you to cover both channels. It is recommended to recruit your colleagues to interact with people in chat while you are talking.

All workshops are conducted live. We do not accept pre-recorded workshops. However, you may find it useful to pre-record demo components of your workshop.

Booths
Based on our experience from last year and possible capacity limitations at the venue, we decided we will NOT hold booth hours. We encourage everyone who would normally set up a booth to submit a meetup proposal instead.

Meetups
Meetups are open to all participants, they serve as a place for open discussions during dedicated time, sharing the latest project developments and interaction with contributors and attendees. Meetups are organized as virtual chat rooms or in-person meetings. Meetups are either 25 or 50 minutes long, although we will consider exceptions.

Schedule / CfP Questions

We hope to release the schedule in December 2021.

Registration Questions

Admission to DevConf.CZ is free and only requires that you register for a free ticket. Registration details should be available in December 2021.

We use registration to manage several logistics issues around DevConf.CZ.

Speaker Questions

Yes! When you confirm your session acceptance, you will be asked whether you would like to have a speaker coach and will be matched with one.

Yes. Our intention is to record every talk and make it available on YouTube and via a live-stream. If this is a problem, please contact us at info@devconf.cz as soon as possible so we can determine if we can accommodate your request.

Attendee Questions

Yes! When you register for the event, you will be asked whether you would like to be a coach or an apprentice and what topics you have experience in or are interested in. Coaches and apprentices will then receive their matches via email. We always get a lot of interest from people to be coached, and encourage people who have attended more than ten technology conferences to sign up as coaches. If you have attended fewer than three technology conferences, please consider signing up as an apprentice.